Happy Holidays!

I’m going to be more or less unplugged for the next week or so, as I’m going to be spending the holidays hopping around Brazil. I’ll have wifi in the hostels most nights, so a few posts may pop up here or there, but expect regularly scheduled blogging to resume on Tuesday the 5th.

I’m starting out in Porto Alegre, which is my first and last stop for two reasons: First, it’s one of the closest big cities to Buenos Aires, so it cuts down on flight time. Second I’ve had an interest in the city ever since I wrote about the participatory budgeting process, pioneered in the city, as part of my senior thesis in college.

The view ain’t so bad, either:

Porto_Alegre_skyline

Next up, Sao Paolo for a day or two. Then Paraty, and then Isha Grande for New Years Eve plus a day on either end before heading back to Porto Alegre for the flight back.

It should be fun! I don’t speak a word of Portuguese, but I’ll be traveling with folks who do. And as I’ve found with my Spanish in Argentina, getting thrown into the deep end isn’t the worst thing you can do for your language skills.

In any case, Happy Holidays to all. Pictures on the way!


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Butch1

    It sounds wonderful! Glenn Greenwald resides in Rio, I think; you should try and look him up. It would be an interesting “interview” or just chat if you had a chance. (You recall, he’s one the investigative journalists who interviewed Edward Snowden.)

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  • Hue-Man

    I know, Christmas in Brazil but golfing in Toronto? Forecast high today 17C. Normal high -1C. Weird.

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

    Photo caption: “Mike Crawford watches his tee shot on the 16th hole at Lionhead Golf
    & Country Club in [Toronto suburb] Brampton. The club says its [sic] nearly booked up for
    Christmas Eve.”

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  • The_Fixer

    Thank you, and right back atcha! I am lucky enough to have found a group of educated and erudite people with whom I can converse and interact. Knowing the background of some of the people here, I am humbled to be part of this group. I’m just a guy who spends a good part of his day behind a soldering iron and a computer monitor, being here is rather special.

    A Joyous Yule to all!

  • 2patricius2

    Enjoy Brazil. That’s where my brother is as well. It’s summer there now.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    What? No Chiron Beta Prime this year? I guess I’ll have to turn to Youtube.

  • 2karmanot

    Hear! Hear! and to you Fixer, whose comments are always witty and wise.

  • 2karmanot

    Happy Holidays and safe passage Jon. Thank you for a years worth of excellent writing!

  • Don Chandler

    Happy Holidays all, and try not to let the war on Christmas get you down.

  • The_Fixer

    Have a great holiday, Jon. Thanks to you, the writers, the moderators and everyone else here for keeping Americablog a great place to hang and discuss what’s going on these days.

    Hope you get to a great New Year’s celebration, and the coming year is good to you.

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